Arthur Ashe Essay Contest

Arthur Ashe was an American hero, fighting battles on and off the court. In his life, he broke barriers in the tennis world, becoming a three-time Grand Slam champion and the first African-American male to win a Grand Slam tournament.

Off the court, he was a social activist, taking on issues like racial prejudice, AIDS, apartheid and youth education. One of his many legacies is the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL), a network of youth-serving organizations that provides tennis and education for all. His wish was for NJTL to be a resource for kids to develop skills for leadership and academic excellence.  SPUT is an award-winning NJTL chapter in MN!

2014 Question:

Arthur Ashe once said: I don't want to be remembered for my tennis accomplishments. That's no contribution to society. That [tennis] was purely selfish; that was for me.

Arthur Ashe used his time and skills to impact others - how have you used your time and skills learned through tennis and educational programming to impact the lives of those around you?


All entries must reach the SPUT office by June 20.  Entries hand-delivered to your court site must be given to your coach by June 19 to allow time to reach the main office.  Click Here for essay application.

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